Sport and Leisure

Leisure, Sport, Health and Tourism

Here you can find details on the wide range of ways to spend your leisure time in the Stroud District.

From information on sport, health development, leisure centres to the arts and local history.

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Sport and leisure centres

It doesn't matter whether you're a fitness fanatic or completely new to sport and exercise. There are plenty of activities in the area to help you gain or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Leisure centres

We run leisure centres throughout Dursley, Eastcombe, Stroud and Stonehouse. There are also many facilities for football, cricket, tennis, bowls, golf and more around the district.

Dursley Pool and Sports Centre
Castle Street
GL11 4BS
T. 01453 546441

Facilities: Swimming pool, gym, fitness classes, indoor and outdoors courts (available for football, cricket, tennis, netball)

Maidenhill Sports and Dance Centre
Maidenhill Sports and Dance Centre
Maidenhill School
GL10 2HA
T. Evenings 01453 824366 (18:00-22:00)

Facilities: Sports hall, Dance Studio, Venue Fitness Suite, Floodlit Netball Court, Floodlit 5-A Side Football Area, 4 x Badminton Courts, Tennis Courts, Showering and Changing Facilities

Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Stratford Road
T. 01453 766771

Facilities: Swimming pool, 100 station gym, group fitness classes, sauna and steam room, 6 court sports hall, astro turf pitch, 4 squash courts, outdoor swimming pool, café bar, 6 tennis courts, meeting and function rooms.

Thomas Keble Leisure Centre
Thomas Keble School
T. Evenings: 01452 770617 (6pm - 10pm)

Facilities: 4 badminton Court Sports hall, Gymnasium, Dance Studio, The Venue Fitness Suite, Netball Court 6-A Side Area (no floodlights), 5 x Badminton Court, 2 x Tennis Courts, 2 x Table, Tennis Tables, Cricket Nets, Showering and Changing.

Swimming pools

Swimming facilities which are open to the public in the Stroud District can be viewed below:

Keeping fit in the Stroud District

What are the benefits of keeping fit?

Keeping fit has many benefits from improving your:

  • health by reducing the risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer.
  • weight by helping you maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • muscles around your joints which help support them
  • energy levels letting you do more
  • brain activity allowing you to concentrate better
  • self-confidence as you look and feel better
  • mood by reducing anxiety and depression
  • lifespan compared to an inactive person
  • sleep quality can be improved even if you have chronic insomnia.

Should I do anything before I start?

The older you are the more important it is to see your doctor before you start doing a lot of exercise, especially if you have any health conditions, weight issues or been inactive for over a year.

How do I start to keep fit?

It doesn't matter the important thing is you start.

For some more ideas see NHS choices web page

How much exercise do I need to do?

If you are over 18 you should aim for 150 minutes a week, this is recommended to reduce your risk of heart disease for more information see the British Health Foundation web page on staying active.

What exercise can I do for free?

If you are worried about the cost of exercise, there are activities you can do for free such as long walks, jogging and cycling. There are various workouts available on the web that you can do on your own for a start see workouts on NHS choices web page on health and fitness.

Where can I find out more about keeping fit and life style changes?

Outdoor activities

There is so much to do in the Stroud District! The very fact that it combines the lofty heights of the South Cotswolds with the undulating lowland area of the Severn Vale means that there is a great contrast in land-heights.

The Cotswolds countryside to the east offers high ground, with steep hillsides and stunning views - ideal for walking, fairly strenuous cycling, kite-flying, gliding, golfing, horse-riding or simply gazing at the stunning views.

But many prefer the lower, flatter countryside of the Severnside villages - where walking and cycling are much easier, and often more suited to family groups, and the sudden sight of the River Severn or the Gloucester / Sharpness Canal can catch you unaware.

Whatever your fitness level - your individual tastes - or your budget, there will be something to suit you in the Stroud District. We hope that the following information will provide you with all the contacts you need to make your visit really worthwhile!

Useful links

Arts, crafts and entertainment

Stroud has long been known for its creativity. At the turn of the 20th century, a band of talented craftsmen, all friends of William Morris, dedicated themselves to creating artistic yet functional works in the Stroud Valleys. This tradition continues today, and in many parts of the District you can find galleries and exhibitions showcasing local arts and crafts.


The District is also home to many art and entertainment venues. For a full list of attractions please view our tourism website.

Museum in the Park

The Museum in the Park is set in Stratford Park in the centre of Stroud, Gloucestershire. The Museum is housed on two floors in a Grade II 17th century wool merchant's mansion. Objects and colourful displays combined with exciting events combine to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the Stroud District. The modern extension houses temporary exhibitions and visitor facilities.

Woodchester Mansion

Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic Masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world. This Grade 1 Listed Building has been saved from dereliction, but will never be completed.

Subscription Rooms

Find out what's on and book tickets for a varied programme of events at www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk. These include orchestral concerts, stand-up comedy, and live music of every description.


Stroud Cinema - Myvue

Wotton under Edge, Wotton Cinema

Farmers markets

Dursley Produce Market

This monthly market is held underneath the Town Hall. A good range of high quality and local produce is available from stalls staffed by local producers. Stalls include fresh farms meats, prize winning jams and preserves, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, country cheeses, small batch baked bread, free range eggs, home baked cakes, home made fudges and sweets and plants for all seasons. There are also occasional Art and craft stalls. When the market is open teas, coffees and home made cakes are served in the upstairs gallery.

Dursley is an historic market town sitting astride the Cotswold Way . It is a popular "watering hole" for walkers and tourists alike also hosting the annual Pederson Cycle gathering in commemoration of the Danish inventor. The town centre offers a good selection of individual shops. The picturesque Queen Anne Town Hall, an architectural gem, was recently reopened by HRH The Princess Royal. The town is situated in a steeply wooded valley which acts as a stunning backdrop and affords visitors and residents a changing atmosphere with the passing of the season. The Autumn colours of Stinchcombe Hill are particularly beautiful.

When: second Saturday of the month, March to December
Time: 8.30am – 1pm
Organised By: Mr and Mrs Holland
Tel: 01452 740401
Email: mandjh08@btinternet.com

Nailsworth Farmers' Market

Held on the fourth Saturday of the month ( third Saturday in December), in the Mortimer Gardens , a pedestrian only area between the A46 and Old Market, from 9 am until 1 pm. There are usually eighteen to twenty stalls, mostly locally grown and produced. Fresh vegetables, meat, sausages, cheese, cakes, jams and honey are available, often joined by other produce stalls. Some local craft stalls including stone ornaments, cards, notepads and soaps are also available.

Live music is provided at most markets, giving a festive atmosphere, once people visit they return to enjoy a market that is a little bit different. Nailsworth is well known for its range of interesting shops to explore, there is a well known delicatessen and an award winning restaurant. Parking is available near the market and good access to the market. Nailsworth Farmers' Market is funded and supported by Nailsworth Chamber of Trade.

When: fourth Saturday of the month (third Saturday in December)
Time: 9am until 1pm
Organised By: Rowland Blackwell
Tel: 01453 833043

Stroud Farmers' Market

Stroud Farmers' Market is multi-award winning and is well known as one of the biggest, busiest and most popular farmers' markets in the UK and has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, The Guardian Weekend, The Times and the Country Living Guide to Farmers' Markets amongst many other publications.

With up to 60 stalls each Saturday, depending on the season, around 10 organic producers selling a good range of certified organic food and drink. As well as heaps of local produce, including cooked food stalls all year, there is always a wide range of quality local crafts from traditional & contemporary makers, and the market cafe for a welcome rest.

This famous market is well worth a visit whether you are a new-comer to farmers'

markets or a well seasoned lover of fine local food and drink.

At a glance:

  • Up to 60 stalls a week
  • Weekly market cafe
  • Organic burgers and free range sausages cooked on site
  • Niang's Thai snacks every week - chicken sate made with Madgett's free range chicken
  • 85 different local stallholders selling at the event throughout the year
  • Up to 10 organic producers per week
  • Seasonal growers attending for limited periods with asparagus, sunflowers, sweet corn, hop vines, Christmas trees etc.
  • Occasional woodland craft stalls and demonstrations
  • Guest stalls representing local charities and environmental groups.
  • Special events throughout the year
  • Full range of local produce available all year round

Please see www.fresh-n-local.co.uk for more information

When: every Saturday
Where: Cornhill Market Place & Surrounding Streets, Stroud
Time: 9am - 2pm
Organised By: Made In Stroud
Tel: 01453 758060
Email: info@madeinstroud.org

Wotton under Edge Farmers' Market

Held in Wotton Town Hall, situated in Market Street, just off Long Street, on the first Saturday of the month (except January) from 9 am to 1 pm. The Town Hall provides a pleasant environment for inspecting the local food stalls. Lamb, chicken, pork and beef from local farms, vegetables, pies, pasties, honey, plants, cheese, cakes and home made preserves, local craft stalls, and a guest or local charity stall are arranged on two floors. Access to the upper level is easy using the lift and car parking is available in the Chipping near the Town Hall. Wotton, which is on the Cotswold Way, has an interesting range of local shops including a deli, designer wear, toy shop and much more.

When: first Saturday (except January)
Time: 9am until 1pm
Organised By: Diana Pawlowski

Further information on locally produced products can be found on our Tourism Website

Market days

Stroud Shambles Market

There has been a market in one form or another in the “Shambles” for centuries, certainly before AD1600. The original market was primarily used by butchers, as denoted by the “butchers blocks” attached to the wall of the buildings, however over the years the market has evolved to become a thriving vibrant mixed indoor and outdoor market offering a variety of goods, stalls include: - Fresh fish, cheese, fruit & vegetables (including organic), garden plants, jewellery, records/tapes/CD's, sweets, clothing, watches/clocks, antiques, bric-a-brac, pies/pasties, models/games and many more interesting items.

But don't just take our word for it, why not go along and see for yourself.

The “Shambles” is situated just off the High Street by St Lawrence Church

The market is open from 08:00am every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year

Our friendly market traders look forward to seeing you soon.

Further Information

Ken Stevens, Market Supervisor, on the Hania Cheese Van


Michael Towson, Facilities Management Officer at Stroud District Council

T: - 01453 754336
E: - michael.towson@stroud.gov.uk

Other Market Days in the Cotswolds







Moreton in Marsh


Chipping Norton










Oxford (Bric a brac)





Stratford upon Avon




Gloucester (King's Square)

Stratford upon Avon (2nd & 4th )




Cheltenham Race Course (car boot)

Southam nr. Cheltenham (car boot)


There are a varied selection of theatres in Gloucestershire. The Everyman Theatre based in Cheltenham is probably the largest local theatre. Other theatres can be found scattered around the region.

The Everyman, Cheltenham

  • Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HQ
  • Phone Number- 01242 572573
  • Everyman Theatre Website

Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud

Subscription Rooms, Stroud

The Guildhall, Gloucester

The Bacon Theatre


The responsibility for libraries in the Stroud District lies with Gloucestershire County Council. More information on libraries can be found on the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Meeting Room Hire

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall dates from the late 1500's and originally housed the market traders from the Shambles Market on its lower level. Today it boasts a grand meeting room which is available for hire. The room can host up to 80 people and has varied equipment, including kitchen facilities to enable use in a variety of contexts.

2012/13 Hire Charges Price    
Morning or afternoon: £50    
Morning and Afternoon: £85    
Evening: £70    
All day: £130    
Discounted rates for charities, please enquire.      


For further information please contact:

Please ring Kay Tanner on 01453 760992 or email Kay.Tanner@stroud.gov.uk

Museum in the Park

The Museum in the Park has rooms available for hire, both for conferencing/meetings and to display your exhibition.

For further information please view: www.museuminthepark.org.uk/hire

The Subscription Rooms

The Subscription Rooms has several spaces you can hire for your own concerts, meetings and events.

For further information please view: www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/hire

Local History

Origins of the settlement

Although Stroud parish was originally part of Bisley, its identity as a distinct unit had begun to emerge by the 13th century.

The manor houses of Paganhill, Over Lypiatt and Nether Lypiatt formed the most ancient dwelling places within what was to become the Stroud parish, but the parish would take its name from a tiny area, first recorded in 1221. Called 'la Strode', the record refers to a piece of marshy ground at the confluence of the Slad Brook and the river Frome.

The settlement itself, however, seems to have originated a little further up the hill, the earliest houses being built on the better-drained slope at the end of the ridge which lies between the two streams. The origins of the settlement are rooted in Gloucestershire's medieval wool trade, the occupations of spinning and weaving being a strong, ever evolving tradition, which continued to influence Stroud's development well into the 20th century.

The early expansion of the settlement, which became known as a 'vill' in 1248, centred around what is now known as High Street, on the route between Bisley and Paganhill. The church was built by 1279 and was sited north of High Street. It was not until 1304, however, that it was assigned parochial rights by the rectors of Bisley. The parochial rights made the tiny church the ecclesiastical centre of the parish, although it remained a chapelry of Bisley until the early eighteenth century. The West Tower of the church, dating from the 14th century, still forms part of St Lawrence's today.

In 1477 ten houses were recorded at Stroud and by 1563 the estimated population of the parish had risen to 130 households. Less than a century later, in 1650, it was estimated at 600 families, and in 1756 the recorded population of Stroud town alone was 2,024 people.

Expansion and development of Stroud

Sixteenth Century

The development of the town from the 16th century was fairly rapid, centring around a trading space which grew up in the area between the 13th century church and what we now know as High Street. Around 1590, a Market House was built here by John Throckmorton, lord of Over Lypiatt Manor. Known also as the Town Hall today, much of it survives, with some 19th century additions and alterations. The market area was known in the 17th century as 'the Pitching', but later became 'The Shambles'. Trading and other activities also took place at The Cross, a space at the top end of High Street, where east-bound routes out of town began.

Seventeenth Century

By the early 17th century, the town had both a market and fair, and by 1654 the principal inn of the town, The George, had opened on the south side of the High Street.

The development of Stroud owes much to the cloth industry, which can be traced back to at least the 14th century in the Stroud Valleys. Gloucestershire had a thriving wool trade, and the Cotswolds had been used for sheep farming since ancient times. The quality of wool produced in the region was renowned. It was this industrial and mercantile basis, rather than a strictly agrarian one, which was to play the major role in the town's expansion and changing fortunes. By the early 17th century, textile production was the dominant industry within the area. Stroud town became known as the centre of this industry, supporting the cloth-production of the surrounding valleys, and being described in the mid 18th century as "a sort of capital of the clothing villages".

The later 1600s were a particular period of growth. Surviving buildings of the mid- to late-17th century are mostly within the streets up the hill beyond the Cross, evidence of the eastward expansion which occurred over the 17th and 18th centuries. Development followed the two main east-bound routes out of the town: the old route to Thrupp and Chalford, taking in Nelson Street, Castle Street, Lower Street and Bowbridge Lane; and the old route to Bisley (now Bisley Old Road), via Hill street and Parliament Street.

Within the 'fork' of these two main routes, Acre Street, Chapel Street and Middle Street were established, Chapel Street acquiring its name from the Congregational chapel built there at the beginning of the 18th century.

It is mainly on Lower Street, Middle Street and Whitehall that surviving houses of the 17th or early 18th century can be seen today. The area was developed as a weaving suburb between c.1680 and 1720, and its heritage as such can be detected in the built form of the cottages.

The eastern extent of the town at this period was marked by Hollow Lane, which stretched between Parliament Street and Lower Street. There was some expansion west from High Street, down the hill, although this was very limited until the 18th century.

Eighteenth Century

During the 1700s, the focus of the town was still very much toward the north and east of High Street.

In June 1742, The Shambles, by this point principally a meat market, was the site of a sermon preached by John Wesley. A plaque on the Church Institute today commemorates this.

Much of the 18th century development in what is now the 'town centre' has been demolished or is concealed behind predominantly 19th century facades and additions. Some building was carried out on King Street, which carried traffic from the London Turnpike Road into town from the south. King Street was named in honour of the visit of George III in 1788.

A previous royal visit to the area in 1750, by Frederick, Prince of Wales, had effectively snubbed the town of Stroud. The Prince had called as close by as Woodchester, having made a visit to the clothing manufactory at Southfield Mill, owned by Onesephorus Paul. Mr Paul was knighted on the occasion, elaborate additions to his home at Southfield having been made to honour the royal visitor's tour of local clothing and textile industries.

There were few large houses in the town centre during the 18th century. Most of the wealth of Stroud was associated with textile manufacture and the wealthy clothiers and mill-owners generally lived close to or even adjoining their mills, as at Lodgemore. The later 1790s, however, saw some substantial houses included within development (now lost) on King Street and its western extension, Rowcroft, nearer to the industrial 'basin' of the town. Among these was Rowcroft House, which was rebuilt in the 1930s as the Lloyds Bank building.

The development pattern within Stroud and its environs is a characteristically industrial one, with transport routes, mills and manufacturing bases along the valley bottoms, and residential areas sprawling up the valley sides. Existing watercourses provided a means of powering the mills, and the extension of the canal system into Stroud in the late 18th century further stimulated mill building.

The condition of roads around Stroud was so appalling that the River Frome had taken on an unofficial role as a means of transporting goods about the locality. Abortive attempts were made as early as 1730 and 1756 to initiate schemes which would render the Frome properly navigable. But it was not until 1774 that plans to construct a canal parallel to the Frome finally became reality. The Stroudwater Canal (1775-79) stretched from the Severn to Stroud at Wallbridge. In 1789, it was linked at Lechlade in Wiltshire to the navigable Thames by the Thames and Severn Canal. Although a coal depot was established at Wallbridge, it was overlooked in favour of Brimscombe as the major port, where cargo was transferred from the Stroudwater trows to the Thames barges.

The union of the canals was hailed as a major national artery for commerce, although the high hopes held for its impact on the town failed to materialise fully.

The cloth manufacturing industry reached its peak towards the turn of the century and during the first third of the 19th century.

Nineteenth Century

Over the course of the 19th century, the town doubled in size. Early expansion was mainly to the south west of the original nucleus, stimulated by the building of the new link from the Bath road between Lightpill and Rowcroft in 1800 and of the Chalford Road (London Road) in 1815. These two roads finally linked the town centre with Cheltenham and the capital.

By the 1830s, the street pattern of Stroud town centre as we know it today was emerging, and considerable building had taken place.
1800-1840 was a period of growth and expansion. The new streets were broad and elegantly modelled, in the Georgian and neo-classical mould. The Subscription Rooms (1833-4) provided a prominent aesthetic and social focus for the new part of the town.

The new roads and transport links reduced the isolation of the provincial town and improved trade. The course of the 19th century changed the face of Stroud. Reform of industrial practices throughout the century saw the disappearance of cottage industry and the
concentration of weaving and textile production into a few large mills. The advent of steam power led the Stroud mills into fierce competition with manufacturing centres in the North of England and on the Continent, and the 19th century was a period of continual boom and bust.

The next phase in the fortunes of Stroud came with the arrival of the Swindon and Gloucester Great Western Railway line in 1845. The station was located south of Russell Street, reasserting the new south-western emphasis of the town centre.

The line, though, effectively created a boundary to further southward expansion and sliced through Rowcroft and Bath Place, the latter becoming cut off from the rest of the town centre. In 1846, the Railway Company finally agreed to pay the homeowners compensation for giving up their extremely hazardous right of way across the railway line. A new access was created for them, leading off the foot of Rowcroft at its junction with Wallbridge. The new road, called Cheapside, enabled land south of the station to be developed and the industrial basin of Wallbridge began to spread eastwards.

The railway provided Stroud with an infrastructure for industrial growth. However, the later 1840s and '50s were not a period of great expansion for the town. Inevitably, the ailing canal system was severely hit by the railway's arrival, and from the mid 19th century did little real business, although it continued to supply coal to the steam powered mills in the region.

The rapid growth and refinement of early 19th century Stroud was slowed, but from 1860 to the turn of the century, a post-recession boom brought civic and municipal improvements. The Victorian influence on the town is still felt today. A number of public buildings were introduced, including the imposing and ornate Art School on Lansdown (1890-9). Ever improving transport links (The Midland Line, later the Midland Railway, arrived in 1886) brought an influx of new industry. The town expanded north into a new suburb called Uplands, above the 1800 Lightpill-Cheltenham road ('Slad Road') and eastwards, beyond Hollow Lane.

Industrial expansion often ran in tandem with social improvements during the high Victorian period. A leading industrialist and politician, George Holloway (a monument to whom is situated on Rowcroft, outside Stroud House), pioneered the manufacture of ready-made clothing and introduced a number of social
reforms to Stroud at about the same time that the civic movement was gathering pace across the country. Messrs. Holloway Brothers' manufactory used several of the very newly-invented patent sewing machines. During the late 1870s and 1880s, George Holloway was responsible for much of the eastward expansion along Horns Road, building a large terraced estate of working class houses. Brick terraces formed a significant proportion of late 19th century development within Stroud, and added a distinctive element to the town's character. The form was adapted for purposes ranging from artisan cottages to grand ranges of commercial and retail buildings.

Twentieth Century and present:

In the early 20th century, Stroud was still a thriving manufacturing town, with a number of large employers with substantial premises in and around the town centre.

The Stroud mills have a history of diversification. The technical developments of the 19th century and competition with mills in the north and Europe had threatened the security of the long established cloth and textile industry. Several firms diversified into more specialist businesses, notably the manufacture of clothing. In the years before the First World War, Stroud had three such factories, which, collectively, did much for the economic prosperity of the town. These were the Holloway firm's buildings on Threadneedle Street and Brick Row and the landmark Hill Paul Building on Cheapside. Hill Paul was purpose built as a clothing factory, opening for business at the turn of the century. It was taken over by Hill Paul and Co. in 1902 and continued in business until the early 1970s.

In 1903, a rail service began operating between Chalford and Gloucester, via Stroud, with numerous Halts along the route. The service proved extremely popular, opening up the industrial Stroud Valley and being well used by the local workforce and shoppers until its closure in 1964.

The twentieth century brought a final end to the canal system. The Thames and Severn Canal closed in stages in 1927 and 1933, and the Stroudwater closed in 1954. 1966 saw the closure of the Midland Railway Station at Stroud, the line having previously been restricted to goods-only services in 1947.

In the second half of the century, virtually all the town centre factories closed, creating an extensive area of industrial dereliction, particularly around Wallbridge and Cheapside, and leaving a legacy of redundant buildings, often in prominent sites.

Many buildings have been rescued through further industrial diversification, with new businesses being established in former mills and their outbuildings. Some mills have undergone conversion for even more diverse uses, including residential and office accommodation.

In general, the 20th century's contribution to the townscape has not been overwhelmingly positive. Large-scale redevelopment has often created large and insensitively sited new buildings, including Merrywalks shopping centre and the Police Station. Increased car use has resulted in large carparks and road widening schemes, involving much demolition and disruption to the historic pattern of Stroud. Cornhill, the link road constructed in the 1980s, ripped through the Cross, resulting in a loss of the continuity between High Street and Nelson Street and severing the link between the old medieval nucleus and Stroud's first 'suburb' to the east. Dr Newton's Way bypass, which broadly follows the course of the old Midland Railway, was created in the 1980s and today marks the south western extent of the town. The bypass also lies across sites where some of the early stone houses and cottages, which comprised the hamlet of Wallbridge, once stood.

While 19th century redevelopment swept away many of the town's early buildings, the 20th century's impact has been even greater, with little of positive townscape value created in return.

History of Ebley Mill

A Part of Stroud's Heritage The Site of the Old Mill Records show a mill here as early as 1393. It was a good site as the river provided the full power of the combined Stroud and Nailsworth streams. There is now almost no trace of the site, or the river loop on which it was built. It ran between the present mill and Cainscross Road, where industrial buildings now stand.

The mill was part of a 30 acre estate which was divided in the 15th and 16th centuries between two absentee owners. Both corn grinding and the fulling of cloth was done on the site, a common arrangement at the time. In 1505 the Bennett family became tenants of the mill and their descendants still owned Ebley at the end of the 18th century. In 1587 Ebley Court was built by Thomas Bennett.

William Selwyn married the Bennett heiress and the initials of his grandson William can be seen above a window of the Glue Shed. Its position is fortuitous. In the 1780s it formed the lintel of the garden gate of Ebley Court. Already there was no explanation for its presence as his home was Matson House and there is no obvious event to mark; though he later became Governor of Jamaica. In about 1950 workmen who were restoring the building found the stone in the nettles and initially inserted it upside down.

The Turner family were tenants of the estate from about 1685 to 1788. They worked the mill as clothiers. A survey of 1744 recorded the freestone mansion house, an outhouse used as a dyehouse and the mill with four fulling stocks and a teasel raising gig. There was a newly built corn mill adjoining.

The decline of the mill began with the building of the canal. This cut across the river, forcing the moving of the weir and the creation of a new waste channel. Part of the mill pond was also filled in so perhaps it is not surprising that in 1788 Thomas Turner went bankrupt. Within a few years Stephen Clissold was the tenant and in 1799 he bought the mill for £1908.

The Long Mill

For most of his time at Ebley Clissold accepted the historic layout of the site. He may have built early weaving sheds, but they were close to the Old Mill and Ebley Court. It was only after the profitable years of the French wars that he began his great new building, as a number of other clothiers did. By then the canal was busy and there are suggestions that he had profited from improvements to cloth finishing.

The new mill was built between about 1818 and 1820, to the south of the old mill. It was a simple building architecturally, with its rows of arched mullion windows. Blocked windows show that he built only the Long Mill. However it was massive for the time; matched in size only by nearby Stanley Mill. It is one of the new generation of wide bodied mills which continued the tradition of being rectangular but which was almost twice as wide as mills of the previous century.

Ebley was sold before the New Mill was completed; even building materials were included in the sale. Apparently it stood empty until 1825 when the new owners took over. They were two cloth merchants in London and leased the mill to J.F.Marling. It is from his reports that we learn what Clissold had initiated.

Clissold had bought seven acres on the south side of the river. These were now flooded and a weir was built across the waste channel, which became the main stream. The weir created a 6 foot fall of water which was run under the mill to drive waterwheels. It is unclear how many there were originally but later there were five each with a diameter of 16 feet. These were housed in the ground floor along with the fulling stocks and the gig mills. The wheels generated 80 h.p. but despite the mill pond there tended to be a shortage of water in the summer. The water then ran out to the west side of the mill, where the approach road now is. Effectively the mill had become a bridge over a complex water system.

Marling was producing superfine cloth and kerseymeres. He concentrated the whole process of production on site. The Old Mill was used for scouring the raw wool. 71 handlooms were housed in a neighbouring building. Probably the New Mill housed the processes like carding and spinning that could benefit from waterpower. Children aged seven or more were employed at the carding machines, doing a 10-hour day. The attic floor might have been used for checking and mending the cloth, as good light was needed for this job.

SS Marling

In 1837 JF Marling went bankrupt and in 1840 his younger brothers Thomas and Samuel Stephens Marling bought the mill. They invested heavily in it, continuing the process of modernisation that Clissold began. Steam power was introduced. Probably they built the tall pedimented block which appears in Smith's painting, and a wall was erected along the towpath to give the mill privacy. Meanwhile the old mill was demolished and the Greenaways block was erected at some point before the 1880s when it was the spinning block.

Thomas left in 1842 but SS Marling built up Ebley, with a growing number of partners, into one of the major mills in the area. New machinery such as larger carding machines would explain the introduction of cast iron pillars. By 1862, when Marlings won a medal at the International Exhibition for their black and blue cloths, doeskins and cassimeres, 800 were employed at Ebley. Hundreds more were employed at Stanley Mill, bought in 1854.

The Bodley Block

One of the buildings constructed by the Marlings was a tall building that backed on to the Long Block. Decorated with a pedimented front it repeated the style of windows that Clissold had used but provided space for steam power. So a tall chimney was built next to it.

Despite his success Marling had his share of disasters. In 1852 a hole, five storeys high and 20 feet wide, was blown in the front wall of the pedimented block. In 1859 the same block was destroyed by a massive fire which caused £20,000 worth of damage. Clissold's Mill emerged unscathed and CF Bodley, who had just been employed to build Selsley Church, was commissioned to reconstruct the ruins.

Bodley's Block reflects the need for better light and higher ceilings that was demanded by the new machinery and so is in marked contrast to the preceding mill. There is no information of what it was used for except that on the ground floor it housed a steam engine using the chimney. Possibly the external boiler house was erected to provide a safer location away from the machinery. The impressive staircase turret was fireproof and passage between the two blocks was restricted to it.


When Sir SS Marling died in 1883 his son, Sir William Henry, undertook considerable re-organisation, making Stanley the centre of his operations. Parts of the property that remained close to the main road were leased off and it was proposed to lease the Greenaways mill to a worsted spinning operation. After 1920 this block was sold to a printer, Frederick Steel, who was already the tenant. Meanwhile the head office was moved to Stanley. Increasingly the company produced worsteds which were selling better than woollen cloth.

In 1920 the partnership of Marling and Evans was formed, without any members of the Marling family. This company managed to survive the Depression. In the late 1930s Ebley was the carding and spinning department for Stanley Mill. There were spinning mules on each floor of the Long Block, including the attic. On the ground floor, in 1936, the last waterwheel, perhaps the largest in the area, survived, yoked to a steam engine in the Bodley Block. However in 1938 Ebley was switched to electric power, and the wheel and steam engine were soon scrapped though the back brook continued to run along the west of the mill.

In the Bodley Block there was the steam engine, dating from about 1840, on the ground floor but the rest of the floors were filled with carding machinery.

During the war Ebley was again producing all stages of cloth, army shirting as well as apparel cloth for men and women, as Stanley was requisitioned. It was apparently very busy but in 1945 it returned to its role as a spinning mill.

Post War Ebley

Marling and Evans was associated with ICI, Courtaulds and Duponts in the development of synthetic fibres. It designed mixtures of synthetics and wool for the fashion industry as well as being at the forefront of the application of synthetics to industrial uses. Its products were in demand throughout western Europe, America and the Far East. It also made fireproof material for racing drivers and the parachute containers for the first Ariane space rockets.

At Ebley there was heavy investment in machinery. The first high speed mule in the world was installed and improved by the mill engineers. The mules were housed in the long mill from the first floor up. By now on the ground floor all evidence of the water wheels was removed and carding machines were housed, as on the ground floor of the Bodley Block. Its attic was used for storage while there was spinning on the floors below. In the 1960s the mules here were replaced by spinning frames, which dealt with the synthetics. On the first floor and over the gate the yarn was coned in preparation for return to Stanley by lorry.

Dyed material for carding and spinning was delivered from Stanley and a great variety of colours as well as different fibres, were being produced. The mill was a busy, and, by report, a happy place. However the shortage of capital for investment, competition and the depression caused the mill to close in 1981 and the production of high quality apparel cloth was centred on Stanley. The derelict mill enjoyed brief fame when it was used for the shooting of the 1986 Pirelli calendar!

A New Era

In 1986, the empty Mill was purchased by Stroud District Council, for conversion into new, centralised offices. The building was fully opened in 1990.

Although many local authorities have commissioned new civic offices over the last few years, few have pursued the option of refurbishing a major historic building. The reason for this is that there have been very few interesting historic buildings of a sufficient size in suitable locations and available at the right time. This opportunity was thus unique and offered important advantages which a new building could not. Four major factors lay behind the project:-

(a) the existing office accommodation, in six locations at Stroud, and in Dursley, its constraints and lack of suitable facilities;

(b) the need for relocation to allow the redevelopment of Stroud centre;

(c) ensuring the survival of the most prominent landmark in the district;

(d) the need to show that mills, part of Stroud's heritage, were capable of conversion to modern use, and could act as a catalyst for other 'ventures'.

The attractive new extension accommodates the Council Chamber and meeting rooms, the Staff Restaurant, Computer Suite and Print Room.

The Glue Shed

Very little is known of the building's history or original use. Mid-Victorian in origin, it had external staircases. From physical evidence, it originally had 3 storeys; probably up to when it was gutted by fire (date unknown). The first and second floors were heated by open fires, suggesting that the ground floor had no use other than storage.

The lintel above the rectangular first floor window bears the initials WS. William Selwyn was the grandson of another William Selwyn, who married into the Bennett family, owners of the site and builders of the Tudor Ebley Court. It is known that in 1780, the lintel was positioned over a garden gate at the Court. It was then found in 1950, abandoned in nettles, by builders working on the Glue Shed.

The name Glue Shed originated during the Second World War. The then little known firm Borden was relocated to part of the Ebley Mills site in 1940 to escape the bombing of London's East End. Its work included the manufacture of high performance adhesives used in the construction of wooden aircraft. The actual role of the Glue Shed itself is not known. The firm left Stroud in 1947 and settled in Romsey, where it has subsequently become world famous.

Stroud District Tourism

Brimming with independent shops, cafés and galleries and home to one of the best Farmers’ Markets in the country, bohemian Stroud has been described as ‘the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’. Wander the streets and find everything from fossils to fairies or vintage to vinyl. This eclectic mix sits against the beautiful backdrop of the Five Valleys and is easily reachable by direct train from London.

Tourist Information

Enjoy a walk or cycle along the tow path of the Stroudwater Canal (Thames and Severn Way), currently being restored to its former glory, and drop in to the Canal Visitor Centre. Stroud is proud of its industrial heritage, evident amongst the former textile mills strung along the valleys (some offering guided tours). To find out more about the town’s colourful history, don’t miss Museum in the Park. Up on the commons overlooking the town, you’ll come across a mix of walkers, paragliders, picnicking families and those enjoying a locally-made Winstone’s ice-cream. The Cotswold Way runs close by which makes Stroud a great base for walkers. Stroud has a creative spirit and draws in writers, artists and craftspeople. Throughout the year, a variety of festivals include International Textiles, contemporary art, walking, nature and food.

Visitor Guide

The Cotswolds, Cheltenham and Gloucester Visitor Guide 2015 is packed full of information on the area, including details on towns & villages, what's on, shopping, sport, family activities and much more.

The guide is available to download below or contact our Tourist Information Centre to request a copy.

Tourist Information Centre

We operate a Tourist Information Centre in Stroud, to provide help and guidance upon request.

Stroud Tourist Information

Subscription Rooms
George Street

T: 01453 760960
E: tic@stroud.gov.uk

Opening hours
Monday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Starting a Tourism Business

To find out more about how to start up a tourism accommodation business in the Cotswolds please view the document below which gives you a brief outline of the legislation involved and the services available.

Tourism Accommodation Incentive Scheme – National Quality Assurance Scheme

Stroud District Council are keen for local tourism businesses to be seen as high quality establishments both nationally and internationally. The Council therefore recommends that all accommodation establishments join one of the recognised quality assurance schemes, either the AA or Quality in Tourism, to help inform customers that they are of a nationally recognised standard.

To help accommodation establishments join one of these quality assurance schemes the Council are offering limited grants towards the cost of applying for this scheme. This means that non-graded accommodation businesses in the Stroud District area can apply for a grant over a two year period.

Costings are as follows:

Year 1: 50% grant towards registration & inspection up to a maximum of £600
Year 2: 50% grant towards inspection up to a maximum of £600

For further information please email: tourism@stroud.gov.uk

To market your business through Tourist Information Centres, Visit Britain and tourism websites such as www.visitthecotswolds.org.uk your establishment will need to be assessed by one of the recognised quality assurance schemes.

Cotswolds Tourism

This is a partnership between Local Authority Tourism Offices and businesses across Gloucestershire. The aim of the partnership is to achieve joined up thinking, planning and marketing to promote the area, manage tourism well and ultimately to increase the value and profitability of tourism in the Cotswolds.

Membership is available to tourism businesses and those businesses which impact on the experience of any visitor to the County.

However, accommodation establishments must be Quality Assessed to be eligible for membership - therefore you must have a valid star rating with one of the nationally recognised assessment bodies. Quality in Tourism (VisitEngland) or the AA. For Stroud tourism businesses limited grants are available towards the costs of applying for this scheme, please click here for more information

Useful Links

The Cotswolds

We work with other tourism partners throughout The Cotswolds to provide a comprehensive guide to attractions in Gloucestershire. This link takes you to an external website.

Where to Stay

Search our accommodation listings for hotels in the Stroud District, cosy farmhouse bed and breakfasts and self catering cottages in town and countryside locations and then reserve or book online.

What to Do

The Stroud District has many reasons to visit. There are plenty of places to discover for all ages and a wide choice of activities.

Gloucestershire Market Days

Stroud Shambles Market

There has been a market in one form or another in the “Shambles” for centuries, certainly before AD1600. The original market was primarily used by butchers, as denoted by the “butchers blocks” attached to the wall of the buildings, however over the years the market has evolved to become a thriving vibrant mixed indoor and outdoor market offering a variety of goods, stalls include: - Fresh fish, cheese, fruit & vegetables (including organic), garden plants, jewellery, records/tapes/CD's, sweets, clothing, watches/clocks, antiques, bric-a-brac, pies/pasties, models/games and many more interesting items.

Where: The “Shambles” is situated just off the High Street by St Lawrence Church.

When: The market is open from 08:00am every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year.

Other market days

Day Place
FRIDAY Cirencester
Gloucester (King's Square)
Farmers' Markets

(Dates and times may alter from time to time particularly during December, January and Easter)

Day Place
FRIDAY Tetbury (1st ) 9-1
Gloucester (every) 9-2
SATURDAY Berkley (3rd ) 9-12.30
Stroud (every) 9-2
Dursley (2nd and 4th ) 9-1
Nailsworth (4th ) 9-1

Festivals and Special events

Sport and Health Development

The Sport and Health Development Team work hard to ensure that everyone living in the Stroud District has the opportunity to take part in a variety of sport, health and wellbeing initiatives..

Children's Activities (Including school holiday schemes)

Ideas for young people during school holidays.

Play in the Park sessions

Come along and join in the fun at Play in the Park sessions near you this summer.

Sessions are FREE OF CHARGE and there is no need to pre book, just simply turn up and play!

Stroud District Council Play Staff will be providing various activities which include :-

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports
  • Parachute Games
  • Face Painting
  • ......And much more!

For more information, please contact Sport & Health Development on 01453 754508 or Hannah.drew@stroud.gov.uk


Children in the Stroud District can look forward to a fun packed summer holiday with the Kapers Play Scheme.

The popular scheme for 5 to 12 year olds will be running for four weeks of the summer holidays. The Kapers team aim to provide a safe and inspiring place for children to play and learn. Kapers is packed with fun and exciting activities including:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games and Competitions
  • Drama and Music
  • Sports and Activities
  • Special Workshops
  • Themed weeks and much more!

Booking Form

Venues and Dates

  • 3rd August – 7th August 2015 - Wotton Sports Centre, Katherine Lady Berkeley’s School
  • 10th August – 14th August 2015 – Maidenhill Sport & Dance Centre, Maidenhill School
  • 17th August – 21st August 2015 - Thomas Keble Sports Centre, Thomas Keble School
  • 24th August – 28th August 2015 - Thomas Keble Sports Centre, Thomas Keble School


Early Day – 8.30am to 5.00pm
£16.50 per day
£77.00 if you book for the whole week!

School Day – 8.30am to 3.00pm
£14.00 per day
£64.00 if you book for the whole week

Late Day – 10.00am-5.00pm
£14.00 per day
£64.00 if you book for the whole week!

 Main Day - 10.00am to 3.00pm
£11.50 per day
£52.00 if you book for the whole week!

Terms and Conditions

Children will be encouraged to show respect for staff, one another and their belongings, the building and it's equipment. High standards of personal behaviour and responsibility are expected from everyone who attends the Kapers playscheme.

Arrival, Registration and Departure
At the start of the day staff will be on hand to meet, greet and register children into the play scheme. Bookings are on a first come first served basis. We advise you book in advance but any remaining spaces can be made on the day if places are available.

Children must be signed in and out of the camp. If you wish to collect your child early from the play scheme you must still sign them out. Children will not be released from the camp to any one other that the named parent or guardian unless there is written consent.

Activities range from relaxed arts and crafts or board-games to highly active games such as sport games and activities. We ask that you take this into consideration and ensure that your children wear suitable comfortable clothing that is loose enough for them to move around in. Footwear is equally important and we discourage children from wearing sandals or slip-on shoes that may come off during physical activities. Footwear should also be suitable for outdoor games.

Please ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled with your child's name. To avoid items being mislaid please ensure that no toys, games or valuables are brought to the centre. We have an abundance of equipment and ideas to occupy even the most energetic of children.

There may be time when a child attending the playscheme feels unwell. If this happens the playscheme coordinator will try to contact you by telephone. Should we be unable to contact you we will try to call the emergency number you have supplied. If a child develops diarrhoea and vomiting he / she must be clear of all symptoms for 48 hours before re-admission to the Kapers playscheme.

If your child has a medical condition that requires medication to be taken during the session, please discuss this with the centre staff at the time of your arrival. All medical details should also be completed in full on the registration form. Inhalers should be clearly labelled with the child's name.

Outdoor Play
When the weather permits activities take place outdoors and the designated areas are checked for safety beforehand. As the temperature cannot be guaranteed we ask that you ensure that your child has a jumper or jacket to wear. Please also ensure your child has sun cream, a hat or a cap if the weather is warm.

Child Safety
Stroud District Council recognises that the welfare of children is paramount and that we have a duty of care when children are in our charge. Stroud District Council will do everything to ensure that, whilst on any activity organised by the Facilities and Sports Development department, children will be well supervised.

We will do this by:

  • All staff are carefully selected, trained and supervised.
  • All staff are CRB checked.
  • All parents/guardians and children will have access to information about what we do and what they can expect from the play scheme.
  • That all parents/guardians and children know how to voice their concerns or complain if there is anything they are not happy about.
  • All staff will be trained in child protection and will have clear policies and procedures to follow
  • All sites are risk assessed and all activities are planned to make them as safe as possible
  • All staff will wear branded clothing making them easily identifiable

For further information on child safety issues check out the NSPCC web site.

Terms and Conditions

  • Parents wishing to cancel places already booked on Kapers can do so and receive a full refund up until the 23 July 2012. After this a refund will not be available.
  • All Kapers staff are employed by Stroud District Council.
  • The council shall not be liable for accidents to your child/children that are caused by third parties or for damage to a third party's property caused by your child.
  • Stroud District Council is responsible for all children attending Kapers and to provide a safe and supervised environment. The guidelines set by Stroud District Council with regards to health and safety of the participants must be adhered to at all times.
  • In the event of any accident to your child or sudden illness, appropriate procedures will be followed and the parent or guardian will be informed as soon as possible. Staff on the Kapers play scheme will not administer any form of medication to your child.
  • To register on Kapers every child must have an up to date registration form completed and signed by their parent / guardian. On this form all relevant information on medical conditions, allergies etc must be provided, along with at least two emergency contact details. A separate registration form must be completed if your child attends more than one site.
  • Each child must be signed in and out of Kapers by the parent / guardian. Adults other than the authorised parent/guardian of the child will require written consent before signing the child out of the Kapers. In addition any child wishing to go home unattended must have a signed note from their parent/guardian indicating this.
  • Stroud District Council reserve the right to exclude or refuse any person prior to or during the Kapers Scheme. Stroud District Council will not be responsible for any loss or damage to property belonging to your child during Kapers activities, or during the journey to and from Kapers activities.

Cardio Tennis is coming to Maidenhill Sports & Dance Centre

Sport and Leisure

Cardio Tennis is a fun, sociable group fitness class set on a tennis court and open to people of all ages and abilities. The session is delivered by a qualified instructor. You’ll get to hit lots of tennis balls during your class and have a great cardio workout at the same time.

Do I need to be good at tennis? - No! Cardio Tennis is for anyone who wants to get fit and have a go at tennis. The class moves along quickly, so no one will be judging your skills, and it doesn’t matter whether the ball goes in or out.

Do I need to be fit? - No! Cardio Tennis is for anyone who wants to have fun getting fit.

Class starts on Tuesday 19th May from 6.00pm-7.00pm at Maidenhill Sports & Dance Centre and costs £3.50 per week.

To book your place on the class or to find out more information contact Maidenhill Sports & Dance Centre on 01453 824366 or leisure@stroud.gov.uk

Health Inequalities Funding 2014/15

The sum of £15,000 Reducing Health Inequalities funding is available to bid for if you are delivering services based within the Stroud district or are serving the people of the district. The funding aims to support the collaborative working of Stroud District’s partnerships and communities towards the implementation of the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This year, the focus is on the Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board priorities as follows:

  • 1. Reducing obesity
  • 2. Reducing the harm caused by alcohol
  • 3. Improving mental health
  • 4. Improving health and wellbeing into older age
  • 5. Tackling Health Inequalities

Health inequalities application form -DOC

Dursley Pool Holiday Activities

Dursley Pool and Sports Centre run regular holiday activity programmes. To view the latest brochure please visit the link below:

Health and Wellbeing Development

Stroud District Council Sport & Health Development Team works in partnership with local Health Professionals to provide initiatives that promote and aid a Healthy Lifestyle. The initiatives are available at a range of facilities across the district.

These Initiatives include:-

GP Exercise on Referral

This initiative involves you being referred to a highly qualified Exercise Referral Instructor, who will provide a consultation to talk through your health condition(s) and what types of activities you like to do. A suitable 12-week physical activity programme will then be created for you, which could consist of one or more of the following:

  • Gym
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Group exercise classes (where applicable)

Who can be referred?

Any individual over the age of 16 who has, or may have the potential to develop, a health condition is eligible for referral. Health conditions can include, but are not limited to; obesity, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, stress, depression, cancer, anxiety.

Who can refer you?

Your GP, Nurse or Community Health Professionals are all able to refer you to the scheme. There are two methods of referral:

  • Your health professional can refer you direct to your chosen centre
  • or
  • You can be provided with a completed referral form for you to contact the centre direct

What Centres can you go to?

Exercise on referral is available at six centres within the Stroud District:

  • Dursley Pool and Sports Centre (01453) 546441
  • Fifth Dimension Health and Fitness Club (07922) 873934
  • Maidenhill Sports and Dance Centre (07875) 793158
  • Stratford Park Leisure Centre (01453) 766771
  • Thomas Keble Sports Centre (07875) 793158

How much would it cost?

  • One off consultation fee = £14.00
  • Reduced Pay as you Go (PAYG) gym session = £2.00
  • Swimming and Group Exercise Classes = £1.00-£2.00

For further information about Exercise on Referral, please contact our Healthy Lifestyles Co-ordinator: t: 07875 793158 e: GP.Referral@stroud.gcsx.gov.uk

Healthy Lifestyles Leaflet - PDF

Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV Class

What is PHASE IV?

Phase IV Cardiac Rehab is a community based rehabilitation service that continues on from Phase III. A Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructor who has been trained by BACPR delivers the programme on behalf of Stroud District Council . The session format is similar to that of the Phase III with a chance to socialise afterwards.

Who can participate?

To join the Phase IV exercise class you will need to have completed the BACPR Phase III classes and you will be required to have a completed referral form by your health professional to participate in the classes.

When does the class take place?

Thursday's 11.30am-12.30pm

Stratford Park Leisure Centre

£3.00 per class

What do I wear?

You will need to wear comfortable loose clothing and flat shoes/ trainers. You will need a small towel and if you own one please bring your heart rate monitor.

What happens now?

To attend a class you will need to have a referral form from your health professional and then contact Sports & Health Development on 01453 754508 or leisure@stroud.gov.uk for more information.

Cardiac rehab poster - PDF

Health Walks Programme

Did you know that we run a series of short health walks across the Stroud District, aimed at improving peoples health? Walking is a great way to improve your health as its fun, inexpensive, and a relaxed way to meet people. Every walk is led buy a fully qualified WfH volunteer walk leader who ensures the walks are safe and at the right intensity. The walks are FREE, suitable for all abilities and last between 30mins-60mins. For more information and over 200 other walks, please see our website: www.strollinginstrouddistrict.org

Active Balance

What is active balance?

It is an exercise class specially designed for older adults, focused on improving balance, strength and flexibility.

When does the class take place?



St James Parish Hall, Dursley

£4.00 per session

What happens now?

You can just turn up to the class or for more information contact Sport & Health Development on 01453 754508

Active balance poster - PDF

Respiratory Exercise Class

What is respiratory rehab?

Respiratory Rehab are community based rehabilitation classes. The classes consist of a low intensity workout in a safe and friendly environment and is specifically designed to help individuals reduce symptoms and improve functional independence. The classes are delivered by fully qualified Respiratory Disease Exercise Instructors who have been trained by the British Lung Foundation.

Who can participate?

The classes are open to individuals who have any of the following conditions:-

  • COPD i.e. Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

To join the class you will need to be referred by your GP, Pulmonary Rehabilitation team or health professional to participate in the classes.

When does the class take place?

Wednesday's 11.00am-12.00pm

Stratford Park Leisure Centre

£3.00 per class

What do I wear?

You will need to wear comfortable loose clothing and flat shoes/ trainers. You will need a small towel and drink with you.

What happens now?

To attend a class you will need have a referral form from your health professional and then contact Sports & Health Development on 01453 754508 for more information.

Respiratory rehab poster - PDF

Referral form - Word

Home Based Exercise DVD

We have put together a DVD which has been developed to help people become more active in their own home and in return improve their health. The DVD costs £3. Please call Jane Bullows on 01453 754322 for a copy. Please note they are at limited supply as at 2013.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

What is cancer rehab?

A low intensity exercise class specially designed for adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. You can attend the class whether you are in treatment or in remission.

When does it take place?



Dursley Town Hall

£3.00 per session

What happens now?

You can just turn up to the class or for more information contact Sport & Health Development on 01453 754508

Cancer rehab poster - PDF

Stroud District Health and Wellbeing Partnership

The Stroud Health and Wellbeing Partnership (HWBP) is a quarterly multi agency group comprising some 40 plus partner agencies and is chaired by the Sport & Health Development Manager.

Agendas, minutes and documents

Terms of Reference

Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013 - 2017

Disability Development

ACE - Activity Club for Everyone

ACE is aimed and delivered for the benefit of children and young people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities and their families in the Stroud District. It offers sessions which cater for all impairment groups and promotes inclusion for all in a variety of sport, physical activity and play opportunities. All activities are delivered by fully trained ACE Coordinator who provide an inclusive enjoyable environment for all.

  • For more information, please contact Hannah Drew on 01453 754 508.

Inclusive Fitness Initiative

Being active is more than just being fit. It's a lifestyle! Exercise is proven to provide social and personal benefits as well as the improvement in physical and mental health of becoming a regular gym user.

Inclusive Fitness Initiative is a programme supporting the fitness industry to become more inclusive - catering for the needs of disabled and non-disabled people, as well as raising physical activity participation levels.

Stratford Park Leisure Centre is equipped with the latest whole body workout equipment and highly trained gym staff. The gym guarantees a seamless journey for all users, from arriving at the facility, through to accessible changing rooms, training advice and equipment choice.

Contact Jane Bullows: 01453 754322 or email jane.bullows@stroud.gov.uk for more information.


Stroud District Council is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and vulnerable adults in the services that it provides.

The policy below is for staff (paid/voluntary) working in or connected with Stroud District Council.

Events and Competitions

For school holiday activities please view the children's activities section.

Generation Games

The Generation Games is a celebration of sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. The event is taking place on Sunday 21st June 2015 at Stratford Park Leisure Centre between 9.30am- 3.30pm. The games aim is to promote and encourage opportunities for children, parents and grandparents alike, giving them the chance to take part in alternative activities that will lead to a more healthy and active lifestyle.

What does this involve?

The Generation Games will involve a carousel of events whereby groups of 25-30 children and adults will spend 35 minutes on each activity. These activities include:

  • Martial Arts
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  •  Handball
  •  Archery
  •  Climbing Wall
  •  Trampolining
  •  Cardio Tennis

How much does it cost?

It will cost £5.10 per child and £6.60 per adult. .

How can I take part?

Complete the application form below and return with payment to Generation Games, Facilities and Sports Development, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4UB

Please note. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Closing dates for entries: Monday 11th May 2015

For more information please email: generation@stroud.gov.uk

Len Hutton Millennium Football Tournament

The tournament started in the year 2000 as a celebration of the new millennium. Since then the event has become increasingly popular with primary schools across the district. 2008 saw the introduction of the girls to the tournament and 2009, 48 boys teams and 33 girls teams will compete to be the overall winners.

Previous Winners


2013 - Foxmoor Primary school
2012 - No tournament 2012 – The British School
2011 - No tournament 2011 – Longney Primary School
2010- Rosary Primary School 2010 – Park Junior School
2009 - Minchinhampton Primary School  
2008 - Park Junior School  
2007 - Gastrells Primary School  
2006 - Thrupp Primary  
2005 - Parliament Primary School  
2004 - Park Junior School  
2003 - Thrupp Primary School  
2002 - Parliament Primary  
2001 - Nailsworth CE Primary  

Awards and Grants

Stroud District Elite Scheme

Stroud District Elite is specifically aimed at local athletes who are currently members of a UK squad or competing at national level.

  • Are you a national or international athlete?
  • Are you over 11 years of age?
  • Are you a Stroud District resident or member of a Stroud District based club?

If you can answer yes to the above questions then find out more about the Stroud District Elite Scheme now

Stroud District Elite athletes are eligible to apply for the scheme – meaning that selected athletes will have access to sport and leisure facilities across the Stroud district enabling them to maintain their general fitness training locally. Applicants to the scheme must be over 11 year old and fit the criteria detailed in the supporting information documentation.

To apply to the scheme, please complete the following:

Skatepark Development

Need to know more?

If you want to have further information on sport centres please contact our facilities team on 01453 754 336

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